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    question about base rock.

    I got a question about base rock.
    Iam thinking of introducing live rock to my 33g in the near future.
    the question is? Does base rock cost the same as any other live rock?...........and what is the purpose of such???.is it to
    save money and bulk up more space? thanks.:heavymeta :heavymeta :heavymeta

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    ii have 65# liverock and gonna add 50# of base rock at 2$ a #..

    i will place all base rock at bottom and lift my lR to top to soak up light.. and spread to base rock eventually..

    hope that helps..

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    yes base rock is just rock with no life on it. use this rock to build up the overall shape your looking for. then add your live rock last on top for a nice look. this will save you a ton of cash!

    some some room for coral :thumb:
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    save some room for coral:sorry:
    TANK -35 Gallon with 15 gallon sump/fuge
    LIGHTS - T5HO 36" 165 total watts
    FLOW - Mag 7, fluval 304, 201 powerhead
    OTHER - seaclone 100 skimmer, RO/DI water

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    "base" rock is anything you use for a base. The deeper your sand bed, the more rock you need as a base.

    Typically people will use cheaper live rock because is it hardly visible, or dead coral rock. The dead rock will eventually become "live" after a period of several months, but, you shouldn't expect that it will offer the filtration of true live rock.

    Some people will also use non-coral rock as base rock. Some others will use PVC pipes and other platforms. This will never become live rock (very limited surface area and wrong chemical composition).

    The other trick is that you want your visible rockwork to be stable so you should make sure your base rock is sitting on the glass at the bottom of your tank. There are many critters who will undermine rocks and can cause them to shift with minor to major results.
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    good tip cres:yay: my rock sits on the sand. but it has fallen due to me knocking it over. lucky i dont have many corals yet to worry about.
    TANK -35 Gallon with 15 gallon sump/fuge
    LIGHTS - T5HO 36" 165 total watts
    FLOW - Mag 7, fluval 304, 201 powerhead
    OTHER - seaclone 100 skimmer, RO/DI water

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    Originally posted by ktown
    lucky i dont have many corals yet to worry about.
    It's also ( or more importantly) to protect the tank from getting cracked or smashed from falling rock!!!

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    thank you all, for all your input.
    I will be buying about 30lbs of live rock next week.
    anybody has any for sale? or does ivan has some for sale all the time.?

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    Good advice Cres - I have a pistol shrimp (With a watchman Goby of course) and he is rearranging my ENTIRE tank substrate. Such a pleasure to watch thought.

    Another thing you can do is buy small pieces of live rock as your base. This is what I did. Wasn't too much more and the pieces were only as deep as my substrate.

    Good luck

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    I went half base rock and half live rock in my new 125g tank. I fugure the total weight is 160lbs. I saved a couple of hundred dollars. Plus when I got my BR, I got some for my buddy too. Ended up buying 150+ lbs and LFS gave us a discount, bonus. No discount on LR though.

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